Reflecting on GlassFish in 2008

Sssooo many things have happened with GlassFish in 2008, I was a bit hesitant to write this blog in fear of missing something.  Then again, I'm not known for being a shy blogger. These are not in an order of importance or priority, just rolling off the top of my head in my "brevity is not an option" blogging style.

  1. Adoption. GlassFish adoption is through the roof. Were still counting, but somewhere near 9 million downloads and 300,000 product registrations. Exceeded my expectations. That's more than one download for every Java developer!? Me-thinks that developers are trying to stay current with latest versions.  Feel free to track GlassFish adoption using the GeoMap or on The Aquarium.

  2. JRuby on GlassFish. Quite popular thanks to the work by Jacob, Arun, Vivek, Charles, Thomas, and others. No doubt this is contributing to GlassFish adoption. GlassFish in the twittesphere and the blogosphere quite active.

  3. Customers.  Quite a bit of commercial interest in open source in general and GlassFish in particular.  Customers like the innovation and transparency, not to mention the flexibility of "paying at the point of value" that open source enables. Follow our growing list of customers here and here.

  4. GlassFish Performance. It's an understatement to say that GlassFish performs well. It is hands-down the fastest open source application server. I've seen many customer benchmarks comparing GlassFish to closed source application servers, and GlassFish has either met or exceeded the competition. When price is thrown into the equation, customers begin to ask themselves "Why am I currently paying up to $50K/CPU for my closed source application server?"

  5. FishCat launched. Proof that open source innovation does not have to be limited to lines of code. Check out the contributor list that are constantly improving GlassFish quality.

  6. GlassFish v3 Prelude.  For early adopters, this is a fully QA'd and supported release of GlassFish layered on an OSGi mickrokernel, with some nifty developer productivity features. While this release has a slightly different feature set than GlassFish v2, it'll eventually be a superset of Glassfish v2.

  7. GlassFish on UStream. Eduardo launched an ongoing series of interactive community sessions on various topics, by both Sun and non-Sun community members. Active Q&A.

  8. GlassFish Updates. While originally targeted for January 2008, GlassFish v2 UR1 was actually released \*early\* and pulled in to December 2007. Mid-2008 we released GlassFish v2 UR2 with bug fixes and performance enhancements. GlassFish v2.1 isn't far around the corner with additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

  9. OpenMQ Updates. OpenMQ has been cruising along with it's latest 4.3 update. Highly peformant. Scalable (\*really\* scalable). Highly available. Bundled with GlassFish.

  10. GlassFish ESB released. GlassFish ESB is Open ESB in commercial form. Supported. Feature rich. Java Business Integration support at its core.  Layers right on top of GlassFish. NetBeans Integration. Learn More.
I'll cap it off at 10 for now. Feel free to add to this list.
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